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There's a possibility that I'll be in Asia for the next 1-2 years and I'm toying with the idea of earning a masters in Chinese History and/or Eastern Philosophy. I've recently found an interest in both, in particular Confucianism, and I've been studying on my own (unfortunately not as regularly as I'd like) for the past few months.

I've looked into some of the schools around Hong Kong (HKU and CUHK) and they seem fairly good, but I don't really have a pulse on the University scene over here.

Any recommendations for Universities in Asia that have good Chinese History or Eastern Philosophy programs? Is there a good place to learn more about Confucianism after I've finished reading the Analects, the Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean and Mencius?

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Is there a good place to learn more about Confucianism after I've finished reading the Analects, the Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean and Mencius?

Yes, but it'll take you a while to finish and by then will you still be interested?

You could try these:

http://www.amazon.com/Sources-Chinese-Tradition-Vol-1/dp/0231109393

Sources in Chinese Tradition

http://www.amazon.com/Short-History-Chinese-Philosophy/dp/0684836343

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy by Feng Yulan

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Yes, but it'll take you a while to finish and by then will you still be interested?

Hmm, somewhat of a presumptuous statement considering we've never met. If we had, you'd know that I have more than a passing interest in the subject and your question would sound quite foolish. I wish there were more hours in the day, really, so I could focus more attention to the subject. Right now, learning Chinese is taking up a lot of my time.

Maybe I have abridged versions, but I brought both translations by James Legge ("The Works of Mencius" and "Confucius - Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean"), "The Analects of Confucius" by Arthur Waley, The Penguin Classics "Mencius", and a couple of biographies on Confucius. All together they're only about 1500 pages, of which I've already read a great deal.

I've also been working through an excellent Chinese history book by Patricia Buckley Ebrey. It focuses on the history of Chinese civilization. In her own words "When neighbors imposed their rule on Chinese populations, my point of reference is the impact of the encounter on the Chinese people and Chinese culture, not the other way around." If you are interested in the subject, I'd highly recommend it.

Anyways, have you read those books? Any comments on them?

Best,

ZFS

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Hmm, somewhat of a presumptuous statement considering we've never met. If we had, you'd know that I have more than a passing interest in the subject and your question would sound quite foolish. I wish there were more hours in the day, really, so I could focus more attention to the subject. .

It's only because yours is the nth post I've seen on this board by people with similarly ambitious plans asking for recommendation, and after others give the recommendation, we never hear from them again. So I've taken to assume by default that someone is not serious unless there is considerable evidence to the contrary. Good for you if you are different. I'd highly recommend both of the books I mentioned earlier.

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